Don’t Overlook the Benefits of Mid-Cap Stocks


Over the last 10 years, mid-cap stocks have outperformed both large-caps and small-caps. But oftentimes we find that new clients have portfolios concentrated almost exclusively in large-cap stocks. In addition to being a poor utilization of diversification, it also overlooks some of the unique benefits of owning mid-sized companies.

First, mid-caps tend to perform well during the recovery from a recession. As we work our way out of the coronavirus challenges in the economy, mid-caps will be well positioned to take advantage of low interest rates, but also nimble enough to navigate the changes in the economic landscape that inevitably take place after recessions.

Mid-cap stocks also tend to be somewhat less risky that small-caps. Many times, small-cap companies can struggle the most in down markets because they lack the foundation and capital to survive difficult times. Mid-caps are typically more resilient in this regard.

A third benefit is that mid-cap firms are usually “pure plays”, meaning they focus all their on one business segment. Unlike a GE or other conglomerate large-cap, mid-caps focus on doing one thing very well. Studies have shown this to be a benefit to shareholders.

The Linden Thomas Quality Mid-Cap 50 attempts to capture these positive attributes of mid-cap stocks by focusing on quality. And because each investor owns the stocks directly, they have control and transparency to minimize cost and eliminate hidden inefficiencies like trading cost and tax disadvantages.

We believe that results are a direct correlation to effort.

Linden Thomas Quality Mid-Cap 50 vs. S&P 500 Cumulative Return 2009-19



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